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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 25, 2007 9:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

Interesting tidbits from the linked site:

Alex Allan (alex@whitegum.com)
I first saw the Dead in the mud at Bickershawe in 1972, and was so knocked out I went to all the Lyceum concerts after that. I have been a Deadhead ever since, and saw them whenever they came to Europe, but sadly never managed a US tour.

I got fascinated by the imagery in Dead lyrics, and this project was born out of that. It took a long time in the gestation, mainly because I have had a succession of busy day jobs.

I was Principal Private Secretary to the (British) Prime Minister, first John Major and then Tony Blair after the Election. (It's the same job as 'Bernard' in 'Yes, Prime Minister' for those who watched that!).

Yes, Tony Blair's group at Oxford University was named "Ugly Rumours" after the cover of Mars Hotel, though it was another member of the group rather than him who was the Deadhead.

I was British High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Australia from November 1997 to January 2000, and then moved back to the UK to take up a job as the Government's first e-envoy. I subsequently moved back to Australia again, before returning to the UK in 2004 as the lead official at the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

My personal website, with CV and contact details, is at www.whitegum.com.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 26, 2007 4:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

bluedevil,

Alex, is it really you? I can't believe it. I had to read Rob's and your posts several times before my flabber became ungasted.

I'm speechless and as Rob expressed everything I would have said so well, I'll just say thank you for your song and lyric finder, which is invaluable. There's hardly a day when I don't consult it.

Alan
p.s. Good luck in the new position.
p.p.s. Gissa a job! :¬)

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 26, 2007 5:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

If bluedevil is really the chairman of JIC do you think he might spare a spook or two to deal with our spammers? :-)

I absolutely second your endorsement of the song and lyric finder - it's a wonderful resource.

Alan - I really wanted to respond to your China Doll post but felt inadequate to the task - it really made me think about the people who are gathered inside this big tent of ours. I'm glad you're hear and sharing it with us.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 26, 2007 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

Rob: I also feel inadequate to express my appreciation of your support and the joy I find in our old tent. (I feel like - a great new word I found in Ashes' musicophilia post yesterday - a 'joyologist')

I think there's a language much greater than words which is manifest here and it gives me hope.

I read something recently (can't recall where) but I wrote it down. About Jerry: He was infinitely inquisitive about the nature of consciousness. He called it his hobby. He loved the interface between what is this hardware brain we have and this field of information that we call consciousness that we are all of...but separate from...and swimming in...and participating with...

As for the 'other other ones' for the lack of a better name, I kind of see them as merry pranksters, cavorting in front of stage in agit prop fashion, trying to distract us from the main event. I don't think they mean any real harm and you can't have light without darkness so they make me grateful for what we have all the more.

Just one last observation because it's niggling me...could it be that bluedevil is not alex but just posted the information and the intro page from the song finder site? I looked up bluedevil's posts and he lives in Monterey. I think the idea of a member of HMG being part of the forum, may have run away with me. Although the fact that there is a deadhead running the IS is somehow re-assuring in an odd kind of way.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 26, 2007 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

Alan – you know looking back I think you’re right! It seems I’ve let wishful thinking run away with me. It was such a deliciously weird thing to think that the chief of the UK intelligence services was bandying words with the likely lads and lasses on our dear old forum that I guess I just wanted it to be true. Ah well, they can’t condemn you for dreaming!

And indeed, if he is such a huge Deadhead it stands to reason that he’d know about this place… so, Mr Allan, if you’re reading this good luck to you!

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Nov 26, 2007 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

i think al and tipper gore were/are deadheads, but i may be mistaken. gore says he was a lot of things.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 26, 2007 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

well, i know the gores went with the leahys to a dead show in the dc area on more than one occasion.

then again, ann coulter claims to be a deadhead. perhaps she was at the shows with tito&smokey?

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Poster: user unknown Date: Nov 26, 2007 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

Ann Coulter's no Deadhead

...she's a "RockStar Bobby" GROUPIE!!!

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Poster: Toadsmoker Date: Nov 27, 2007 3:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

I awoke to this morning and had to use my rhythm stick again.
You are right, They are everywhere.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 26, 2007 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

I merely posted the info - I do indeed live a stone's throw from the site of Monterey Pop (and not any furhter from where a certain Rock Scully now lives).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 26, 2007 1:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

Alex - greetings and congratulations! I had no idea (how could I?) that I was sharing merry quips with such a luminary. That said I'd enjoy sharing your views and love of the Grateful Dead and Richard Thompson whatever your cv might hold. The wonderful thing about this forum is the degree of equality it confers. We all have our chance to speak, whatever our background or depth of knowledge. Nonetheless, the next time I respond to one of your posts I shall do so with a wry smile knowing that it is going straight to the chairman of the JIC!

I can't leave without offering heartfelt commiserations on the loss of your wife. After nearly 30 years together it must have come as a devastating blow. I hope we can do a little to offer you a haven and respite here.

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Poster: Toadsmoker Date: Nov 26, 2007 1:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: We Are Everywhere

A guy is driving around and sees a sign in front of a house: "Talking Dog For Sale." He rings the bell, and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a Labrador Retriever sitting there.

"You talk?" he asks.

"Yep," the Lab replies.
"So, what's your story?" the guy asks.

The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young, and I wanted to help the government; so I told the CIA
about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable
spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I wanted to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I
uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. Finally, I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired."

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner how much he wants for the dog.

"Ten bucks."

"Ten bucks?" the guy says, "This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"

"Because he's a liar. He didn't do any of that shit."

This post was modified by Toadsmoker on 2007-11-26 09:51:43